Skip to Content

Global Engagement Career Path

This career path opens doors to global careers by giving you knowledge of how power and authority work around the world and skills in analyzing data, making clear arguments, and debating ideas. Learn about the dynamics of a region that interests you—Asia? Europe? Latin America? Africa? The Middle East?—and about the broader dynamics of international trade, war, terrorism, human rights and migration, or the environment.

PS Majors may be awarded up to two Career Path Certificates of Completion upon graduation. For a Certificate of Completion, a student must complete the Career Path gateway course and four upper division course from the path course list. Find details at


Success stories: where PS degrees have taken our alums

Erik Leklem, National Security Specialist, Department of Defense

Erik Leklem is a federal civil servant who has worked around the world with the Department of Defense, most recently working on defense and security cooperation at the U.S. Embassy in Jakarta, Indonesia. “Aside from the amazing opportunity to live in one of Asia’s most dynamic, beautiful, and demographically interesting countries, it was also a chance to employ those UO-gained skills in comparative analysis (how is Indonesian democracy different than American democracy?), research methods (how and why has Indonesia’s military evolved and reformed the way it has?), and oral communication (why is it important to try to conduct defense diplomacy in the Indonesian language—and how do you do that well?).”


Alumni_QureshiAkeel Qureshi, Director of Business Development, PingSign

For Akeel Qureshi, the PS major gave him the skills in research, presenting, and imagining alternative solutions that have taken him from Berkeley, Beijing and London in tech-sector jobs. Now Director of Business Development for the startup in London, he came to UO from California due to “the relaxed nature of the students, the vibe on campus, and the political undertones (contrarian or not),” and soon was “completely hooked” on political science.

He has since followed his political-science interests to places like Cambodia, Northern Pakistan, Egypt shortly after the revolution, and West Africa during the ebola crisis. “These are all more than just risks,” he writes; “These are calculated moves, and that calculation is due in no small part to the training I received in the Political Science Department at UO.” In all these places he felt that what he learned in political science at UO gave him a “richer, deeper, more powerful experience,” showing “how valuable my PoliSci Education has been for me not only in an overall sense, but in very specific ways as well.”

Click here to see more success stories and alumni updates…

Subscribe By Email

This form is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

Skip to toolbar